Food workers accuse state rest stops of not providing sick pay, protective gear

In an online news conference organized by a labor union, several fast food workers made claims that they aren't being protected against the coronavirus.

News 12 Staff

Apr 2, 2020, 6:38 PM

Updated 1,479 days ago

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Some workers at Connecticut's highway rest stops say other employees are coming in sick and aren't getting basic protective gear.
In an online news conference organized by a labor union, several fast food workers made claims that they aren't being protected against the coronavirus.
"We didn't get any special equipment to deal with this, like disinfect the whole store the way we're supposed to," says Josh Rivas, a Subway employee at the I-95 Madison Service Plaza.
Gov. Ned Lamont's latest executive order requires workers to wear gloves and face masks "wherever possible." That goes into effect Friday.
Workers say they aren't getting paid sick time either, even though Congress included it in last week's $2 trillion rescue package.
"The last thing we need is our food service workers being put in the position of choosing between putting food on their own children's table and dragging themselves to work ill," says Rep. Jim Himes.
TRACKER: New York, New Jersey, Connecticut coronavirus cases and deaths

Last year, the same union accused service plazas of underpaying workers. The company running the plazas did not return calls Thursday, but said last year that individual restaurants make wage decisions.
"They could support us through this time, and they're not," says Ascha Porter, a Subway employee at the I-95 Fairfield Service Plaza. "We're human. What makes them better than us?"
The Connecticut Department of Labor is still investigating wage complaints against Project Service, the private company running rest stops in the state.
 


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